Science Assessment Developer

If you love thinking about the best way to support students in figuring out phenomena using the three dimensions, we’d love to have you come work with us! We are a highly collaborative team working on designing and revising high-quality NGSS K–8 instructional materials.

This is a fully remote position. We are especially seeking expertise in elementary science, integrating science and literacy, and NGSS assessment.

We have positions open for science curriculum developers and assessment developers.

The Learning Design Group within the Center for K-12 Science at the Lawrence Hall of Science develops, disseminates, and implements innovative programs promoting deep and equitable science learning for students grades TK-8. Our NGSS-designed high-quality instructional materials reach more than 5 million students nationwide and have received top ratings from EdReports.

Position Description

The Science Assessment Developer position within The Learning Design Group involves working as part of a highly collaborative team to design, revise, and support the implementation of assessments that are a component of high-quality instructional materials. This position may be performed remotely anywhere within the United States and fully remote candidates will be considered.

Curriculum-embedded assessment design:

  • Design and develop high-quality instructional-embedded and transfer-based multidimensional items and performance tasks aligned with the NRC Framework-based standards and/or NGSS.
  • Develop interpretive guides including rubrics, teacher and student next steps, and reports.

Assessment coherence and standards alignment:

  • Ensure coherence and consistent interpretations of standards within instruction and assessment.
  • Evaluate and revise existing assessments based on student/teacher/administrator feedback and data analysis.

Professional development/other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Understanding of three-dimensional, phenomenon-driven teaching and learning as specified by the National Research Council’s Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards. 
  • Ability to manage complex work and achieve specified goals under time and resource constraints. 
  • Ability to collaborate effectively in diverse groups across a variety of contexts. 
  • Thorough and effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication. 
  • Skill in using business software systems in the completion of work assignments; e.g., Google Suite, Miro,, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, cloud-based file storage systems.

Education & Training

Bachelor’s degree in a related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Classroom teaching experience.
  • Knowledge and experience with NRC Framework-based standards and/or NGSS. 
  • Experience with assessment development. 

Expertise in one or more of the following areas: 

  •    K–5 science education.
  •    Supporting multilingual learners.
  •    Designing for or working with historically marginalized populations.
  •    Physical science.
  •    Earth and space science.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 3/25/2024

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and work sample as a single attachment in the Resume section of your application. The work sample should represent your skills in science assessment design. The ideal sample would be a sample of one or more assessment tasks, including both teacher and student materials, on which you were the lead developer. If the sample represents collaborative work please clarify on the sample or in your cover letter. Please limit the sample to no more than 10 pages.